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Tied to the Alien Tyrant is coming...

Yes, it's finally here - Tied to the Alien Tyrant, the third book of the Crashland Castaway Romances, will be out on Tuesday the 20th July! I know it's been a long time coming, but the wait is over. I'm really pleased with the book and so happy that it's finally getting into readers' hands.

That leaves the question of what I'll write next. I have a couple of projects I've committed to: a short story for an anthology and then a shared-world novella with some amazing author friends of mine. After that, I think I'll head back to Crashland for the third trilogy, the Crashland Contact Romances. That's enough work to be getting on with, I think!

But for now, I'm too excited about Tied to the Alien Tyrant's upcoming release to start writing anything else. I can't wait to see what you all think of it.

Cover Reveal! Tied to the Alien Tyrant

Cover reveal for Tied to the Alien Tyrant, a science fiction romance

Look at that cover, isn't it a beauty? I may be biased - let me know what you think?

I love a good cover reveal, but it'll be a little while before Tied to the Alien Tyrant is out - it still needs edits, and once that's done, I can format it and set it loose on Amazon! But this is the sixth Crashland book, making the Crashland Romances my longest science fiction romance series to date, pulling one book ahead of the Dragons of Mars series. I'm excited by that.

After that it's onto the Unnamed Project which I really ought to title, and then it'll be back to Crashland for the third trilogy, the Crashland Contact Romances. I've got the three books plotted, so hopefully they'll be quicker to write than this one has been, though I can't make any promises - science fiction romance can be tough to predict.

A Beginning and an End + Science Fiction Romance News

Hopefully, anyway! Today I gor my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and I'm feeling wiped out by it. Or, I expect, I'm feeling worn out because I'm letting go of a big worry I hadn't really noticed. Perhaps that means I'll be able to sleep a full night? That would be nice.

Science Fiction Romance News

In writing news, I reached the end of Tied to the Alien Tyrant, the third book in the Crashland Castaway Romances. There's still a lot of work to do before I can publish it, but this marks an important stepping-stone. I know it's been a long time between books, and I'm sorry about that, but this past year has been hard on me. With luck I'll be able to put that behind me and get to work seriously on my next project... I have another science fiction romance book planned in the near future, and it's very exciting! I'll let you know more when it has things like a title and a launch date!

Pets in Space is in StoryBundle

Woo! It's an honour to be in a collection like this, and great to see a collection I contributed to in such great company! There are lots of books worth your time here, even if you've already got Pets in Space® 5 itself. Just check out the books included, and best of all it's pay what you want (minimum $5).  And with a charity donation to Hero-Dogs.org as well, it's a bargain.

I'm going to get it too, there are lots of books by gre4at authors that I haven't read. Please join me, let's make it a huge success!


Get the bundle Here!

The Our Heroes Sci-Fi Bundle - Curated by Melissa Snark

The hero is at the core of every great story—facing fierce foes, defying death, fighting for the greater good... The Our Heroes Sci-Fi StoryBundle celebrates the men and women who undertake an epic journey, sacrificing so that others may be spared pain and suffering.

Our collection features a robust range of science fiction books from subgenres ranging from space opera to time travel to galactic exploration. These novels have been handpicked based on their excellent reviews, professional editing and covers, and, of course, superior storytelling—all curated especially for you, our loyal readers.

Keeping with our heroic theme, a portion of our proceeds goes to benefit Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit corporation that "improves quality of life for our nation's heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships." 

Melissa Snark, curator of the Our Heros Bundle

Happy New Year

I hope it's a good one for all of us! We're finally crawling out of the nightmare of 2020, and all eyes are on 2021 to see if it can do better. This year's been weird in a lot of ways -- for one thing, I've taken up art 🙂 So now I'm drawing characters from my books, and I'd love to hear what you think? (Please be nice, though, even if you don't like it).

It's been decades since I tried anything like this, but I'm up on Deviantart and I'm going to be starting putting stuff on Pinterest soon too. Here's the one I'm currently working on - it's an unfinished picture of Victoria, the protagonist of Tied to the Alien Tyrant (the third Crashland Castaway Romance, and my current project).

Unfinished sketch of Victoria

A few New Releases from my Friends

Breaths of Desire

by Octavia Kore

Demi-Goddess

by L. Starfyre

Cover Reveals and Sketches and Parties, oh my!

I've been quiet for a while, huh? That's because I've been dealing with the last stages of preparing for a book launch while being ill, and trying to Christmas shop. It's been a lot.

But worth it to see Chained to the Alien Champion up on Amazon now. The release is the 15th of December, but it's available for preorder already! To celebrate the release, I'm hosting a party in my Facebook Group to celebrate - here's your invitation.

You are invited to join me in Leslie's Legion for the enlistment of a new novel. 

Dress uniforms required, Sanity optional.
(and dress uniform here means whatever you want to wear - we aren't crazy)

There'll be parties and games and some of your favorite authors of science fiction romance! Giveaways, news, a chance to bite a writer! From 4pm to 9pm EST, on Tuesday the 15th of December. Come and join the Legion now to make sure you get a place at the good table!


Join Leslie's Legion now

That's about all the news I've got, between resting and working on the release. Except that I have been practicing my art... and maybe I'll show some of it off at the party.
I hope I'll see you there!

-Leslie

Home, Doom, and Books

I'm typing this sleepy as heck, after having spent far too much of last night watching the US election results. Not really results, though, since the whole thing is still up in the air and a long way to go before it's settle.

Still, while it's tighter than I'd like, there's hope! And hope is enough for now.

Best wishes to all my US friends, and may things go well in the coming days.  Remember to take care of yourselve - no matter how worrying or stressful it gets out there, you still need food and drink.

As for books, we're now into the last week of Pets in Space® 5's charity run . If you want to get twelve great science fiction romance stories, each starring its own cute animal companion, then this is a great opportunity: Until November 11th, 10% of all sales go to Hero-Dogs.org so you can do good by reading! How awesome is that? 

Here are some of my friends' new releases this week:

Roar by Skye MacKinnon, the seventh and final book in her Catnip Assassins series. and I'm looking forward to 

A Handful of

A few of my friends have had new releases this week, so I wanted to show them off and give my readers the chance to but them. Please remember I may not have had a chance to read these yet, but I will only pick books I think look good.

Also remember - I'm an Amazon affiliate, and so might make a little money from you clicking through my links

Roar (Catnip Assassins Book 7)
by Skye MacKinnon

It's time for the last meow.

Her whole life, Kat has been fighting for survival. For her freedom.

Now she's done. She wants peace. Even if that means having to risk everything she loves.

The final book in this purrfectly exciting urban fantasy series full of action, suspense and cat puns. A slow burn reverse harem where Kat won't have to choose.

Get it on Amazon here

Warlord's Return (Chanmele Barbarian Warlords Book 6)
by Cynthia Sax

Ariq is a barbarian warrior seeking a war.
He locates that battle when he meets Xareni.

Ariq is one of Chamele’s top warriors. A genetic predisposition to fighting, paired with intensive training and experience, has honed the scarred male into an effective killing machine. He loves war, can’t live without combat.

The Succession Wars, however, have finally ended and the Chamele sector is now at peace. Seeking excitement and purpose, the barbarian warrior accompanies his Second to the Refuge, an outlaw settlement on Carinae E. He hopes to locate the battle he’s been craving there.

Ariq finds that conflict and more when he meets his fated mate.

Xareni owes the Ruler of the Refuge a favor. That’s the only reason she has returned to the settlement. She doesn’t like crowds or structures or a certain barbarian warrior who insists on following her everywhere. It doesn’t matter that there’s a connection between them, that he makes her burn with desire, that he looks at her with heat in his dark eyes. She’s a monster and monsters don’t need anyone.

Get it on Amazon now


A Fistful of Cyborgs: Cyborgs on Mars, Book 2 Audiobook

By Honey Phillps


A cynical cyborg. A woman with too many secrets. A shared past that could tear them apart - or bring them together.

S-756 despises all humans, but he hates the scientists who tortured him and turned him into a cyborg most of all. The long years terraforming Mars have only cemented that hatred. When his duty forces him to rescue an endangered scientist, he is shocked to discover that she is the alluring woman who betrayed him. No matter how much his long-forgotten heart rejoices, he knows he can never trust her.

Addie paid a terrible price to save the man she loved. When she encounters him again, she is both thrilled and terrified. Her feelings towards the massive cyborg haven’t changed, but how can she explain what she did, especially when she has another secret to keep? When a dark plot forces them to collaborate, can they move on from their tragic past and find a new future together?

Get it on Amazon now

My writing plans, and where I'm at now

Pets in Space® Cover and Link

I'll start by looking back: I'm hugely grateful to the Pets in Space® 5 authors for inviting me to join them this year. It's been a privilege and a joy to work with them, and I'm looking forward to next year already!

It's also great that the book did so well, and got so many great reviews. If you haven't read it yet, remember that 10% of each sale (or read in Kindle Unlimited) goes to charity until November 11th. There's still time to get twelve great stories and give money to charity!

Bound to the Alien Barbarian Cover and LinkOn to the future: I'm trying to settle my writing plans ahead of time now, so you readers know what to expect and I've got something solid to work towards. At the moment I'm nearly done with the second Crashland Castaway Romance (following Bound to the Alien Barbarian) and I'm looking forward to getting it out of my brain and into readers' Kindles. It's the romance between two characters from earlier Crashland books, which makes it fun to write since I know them both already.

I'm expecting that to be out in early November, so what's next on the cards. For the last few books I've been alternating between Crashland books and Salvaged Hearts, so if I stick to the old plan it'll be back to the crew of the Ladies' Choice and the alien super-soldiers they wake up. But I'm not sure now, maybe I'd be better off finishing the Crashland Castaway trilogy? Or writing a Christmas book? (I've been thinking of writing A Very Crashland Christmas since last year). Or something completely different, even.

I'm interested in what you think. At the moment, the Christmas idea is winning, but it's not very fleshed out yet. Still, that, followed by Salvaged Hearts 3 and then Crashland Castaway 3 is the Semi-Official-Plan for my writing right now.

Let me know in the comments if you think there's a better plan, a book you'd rather see, or really anything you want to add!